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The Bergenstest, also known as Test i norsk - høyere nivå, is a test for proficiency in the Norwegian language, with variants available for both bokmål and nynorsk.[1] The test is nationally approved and is a pre-requisite for non-native speakers who wish to study at a tertiary education institute (college or universities) in Norway.[2] Citizens who have Swedish or Danish as their native language are not required to undertake this test as proof of Norwegian language competence. It is a pass/fail test with written and oral sections which are intended to be passed by someone with an advanced grasp of the language, equivalent to a B2/C1 reference level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.[3][4][5] The test can be taken several times a year at various educational institutes around the country, and also twice a year abroad in April and October. Those who pass the test can apply to study at a Norwegian university or college for courses taught in Norwegian. It is furthermore the highest language test available for the language.


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  2. ^ "Test of Norwegian - advanced level ("Bergenstesten")". Folkeuniversitetet. Archived from the original on 3 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Bergenstest Preparation". Skapago. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Bergenstest Courses". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Examinations in the ALTE Framework" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 September 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2014.